APHL-Association of Public Health Laboratories
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APHL On-Line Resource Center
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Public Health Foundation
Public Health Reports
The Public Health Laboratory (PHL) collaborates with a variety of program partners to detect, investigate, prevent, and control public health threats. These threats include rare or unusual infectious diseases, such as "invasive" bacterial infections; outbreaks of illness from consuming contaminated food or water; terrorism events; chemical hazards; environmental emergencies; and rare but treatable congenital abnormalities in newborn babies.
An integrated network of public and private clinical laboratories working together to protect and improve the health of all MinnesotansMinnesota Laboratory System (MLS) website
Association for Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is the national nonprofit organization representing governmental laboratories. APHL’s core membership is comprised of public health, environmental and agricultural laboratories. Representatives from federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations and interested individuals also participate in the association. International participation is expanding in response to the globalization of disease and APHL’s active global health program.
As the primary advocate for public health laboratories, APHL is active on many fronts, including:
- Emergency response
- Laboratory science
- Education and training
- Laboratory workforce
- Health Policy
- Global laboratory capacity
- Laboratory systems
The On-Line Resource Center (ORC) provides a range of resources for improvement work, most of which is specific to laboratory system improvement.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is the national home for most public health activities, and partnered with APHL in producing L-SIP. The CDC website is rich with resources. DC addresses public health system performance improvement on its National Public Health Performance Standards Program.
The Public Health Foundation (PHF) is dedicated to achieving healthy communities through research, training, and technical assistance. For more than 35 years, this national, non-profit organization has been creating new information and helping health agencies and other community health organizations connect to and more effectively use information to manage and improve performance, understand and use data, and strengthen the workforce.
The May/June 2010 Public Health Reports Supplement is dedicated solely to articles regarding Public Health Laboratories and the concept of the State Public Health Laboratory System. It is an incredible resource to assist in the understanding of the depth and breadth of the State Public Health Laboratory System. Supplement includes MN Public Health Laboratory authors.
Turning Point is a collaborative effort between state and local public health agencies, national public health organizations, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. At the heart of Turning Point are efforts to transform public health so that it achieves the goals of preventing disease and injury, protecting the public from threats to health, and promoting healthy behaviors. Turning Point has developed specific models for a more effective and responsive public health system.